Remove UpgradeCommand (Mac OS)

The mere fact that UpgradeCommand is not a certified or trusted browser extension for Mac, users should install it on the computer. Hence, in the majority of its existence on Mac devices, the installation is unknown to users. Its gets inside the computer in a manner that is without an authority. Normally, the handlers of UpgradeCommand are applying a malicious software bundling tactics for the deployment strategy.

Beware of Suspicious Freeware and Software Update

It was observed that UpgradeCommand is commonly embedded to installer programs like freeware and shareware. Attackers are using the said attractive software as bait to let UpgradeCommand sneak into the computer without taking the permission from Mac users. The carriers are often promoted as attractive apps like creativity suite, media player, internet speed booster, download helper, or utilities. Aside from UpgradeCommand, this scheme may also inject similar adware on the Mac computer including InputBalance, RequestPlan, DeviceHelper, and so on.

While installing the mentioned adware hosts file, UpgradeCommand app gets onboard secretly and instantly become an element of internet browser application particularly Safari. Then, it will aim on manipulating browser settings and other vital sections.

Fake software update like those that are prompting to download essential files is another method by attackers to discreetly set UpgradeCommand app inside the computer. This approach can persuade users through pop-up advertisements that are under the guise of system alert. It supposedly identified different troubles and conflicts due to obsolete application. Once Mac user downloads and install the recommended update, it will instead load UpgradeCommand on the internet program.

Screenshot Image of UpgradeComman

Risks Factors for Installing UpgradeCommand App

UpgradeCommand is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and an Adware combination of threats. Due to its invasive way of getting inside the Mac computer without a request, it was dubbed as ‘unwanted’. Furthermore, its forcible installation using misleading tactic also proves that UpgradeCommand is an unwelcome application. This is the reason why it can still penetrate the computer despite the fact that the app is invaluable to Mac users.

The adware part of UpgradeCommand allows it to display different pop-up ads and redirect on the computer. The objective is to earn online profit by engaging the web users to its own pay-per-click ad scheme. Sadly, majority of the ads from this adware are malicious and can redirect the browser program to bad landing page.

Removal is the only solution for UpgradeCommand to stop causing annoyances. Please execute the guide below to properly eliminate the threat from the browser and Mac computer as well.

Procedures to Remove UpgradeCommand from Mac

This area contains comprehensive procedures to help you remove adware and potentially unwanted program from the computer.

Guide on this page are written in a manner that can be easily understand and execute by Mac users.

Quick Fix - Scan the System with Combo Cleaner

Combo Cleaner is a trusted Mac utility application with complete antivirus and optimization features. It is useful in dealing with adware, malware, and PUP's. Moreover, it can get rid of adware like UpgradeCommand. You may need to purchase full version if you require to maximize its premium features.

1. Download the tool from the following page:

2. Double-click the downloaded file and proceed with the installation.

3. In the opened window, drag and drop the Combo Cleaner icon onto your Applications folder icon.

Install Combo Cleaner

4. Open your Launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon.

5. Wait until antivirus downloads its latest virus definition updates and click on "Start Combo Scan" to start removing UpgradeCommand.

Combo Cleaner Scanner

6. Free features of Combo Cleaner include Disk Cleaner, Big Files finder, Duplicate files finder, and Uninstaller. To use antivirus and privacy scanner, users have to upgrade to a premium version.

Proceed with the rest of the removal steps if you are comfortable in manually removing malicious objects associated with the threat.

Step 1 : Delete UpgradeCommand from Mac Applications

1. Go to Finder.

2. On the menu, click Go and then, select Applications from the list to open Applications Folder.

3. Find UpgradeCommand or any unwanted program.

Delete Unwanted App

4. Drag UpgradeCommand to Trash Bin to delete the application from Mac.

5. Right-click on Trash icon and click on Empty Trash.

Step 2 : Remove Browser Extensions that belongs to UpgradeCommand

1. Locate the add-on or extension that is relevant to the adware. To do this, please follow the following depending on affected browser.

Safari - Choose Preferences from the Safari menu, then click the Extensions icon. This will open a window showing all installed extensions.

Chrome - Select Preferences from the Chrome menu, and then click the Extensions link found on the left pane.

Firefox - Choose Add-ons from the Menu. Look at both the Extensions and Plug-ins lists when it opens a new window.

2. Once you have located UpgradeCommand, click on Remove or Uninstall, to get rid of it.

3. Close the browser and proceed to the next steps.

Step 3 : Delete Malicious Files that have installed UpgradeCommand

1. Select and copy the string below to your Clipboard by pressing Command + C on your keyboard.

~/Library/LaunchAgents

2. Go to your Finder. From the menu bar please select Go > Go to Folder...

3. Press Command + V on your keyboard to paste the copied string. Press Return to go to the said folder.

Command + V

4. You will now see a folder named LaunchAgents. Take note of the following files inside the folder:

  • com.UpgradeCommand
  • unknown.download.plist
  • unknown.ltvbit.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

The term unknown is just a representation of the actual malware name. Attackers may masks the actual name with following:

- InputBalance, RequestPlan

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing UpgradeCommand to be present on your Mac. Arranging all items to see the most latest ones may also help you identify recently installed unfamiliar files. Please press Option + Command + 4 on your keyboard to arrange the application list in chronological order.

Option+Command+4

Important: Take note of all the suspicious files as you may also delete the same item on another folder as we go on.

5. Drag all suspicious files that you may find to Trash.

6. Please restart the computer.

7. Open another folder using the same method as above. Copy and Paste the following string to easily locate the folder.

~/Library/Application Support

8. Look for any suspicious items that are similar to the ones in Step 4. Drag them to the Trash.

9. Repeat the process on the following non-hidden folders (without ~):

/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons
/Library/Application Support

10. Lastly, go to your Finder and open the Applications Folder. Look for subfolders with the following names and drag them to Trash.

- InputBalance, RequestPlan

Optional : For locked files that cannot be removed, do the following:

1. Go to Launchpad, Utilities folder, open Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

Force Quit Apps

3. Click on Force Quit button.

4. You may now delete or remove locked files that belongs to UpgradeCommand adware.

Step 4 : Double-check with MBAM Tool for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac from this link:

2. Run Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac. It will check for updates and download if most recent version is available. This is necessary in finding recent malware threats including UpgradeCommand.

3. If it prompts to close all running web browser, please do so. Thus, we advise you to PRINT this guide for your reference before going offline.

4. Once it opens the user interface, please click on Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

MBAM for Mac

5. After the scan, Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac will display a list of identified threats, UpgradeCommand is surely part of it. Be sure to select all items in the list. Then, click Remove button to clean the computer.

Step 5 : Remove UpgradeCommand from Homepage and Search

Safari

- Open your Safari browser.
- Go to Safari Menu located on upper left hand corner, and then select Preferences.
- Under General tab, navigate to Default Search Engine section and select Google or any valid search engine.
- Next, be sure that "New Windows Open With" field is set to Homepage.
- Lastly, remove UpgradeCommand from the Homepage field. Replace it with your preferred URL to be set as your default homepage.

Google Chrome

- Open Chrome browser.
- Type the following on the address bar and press Enter on keyboard : chrome://settings/
- Look for 'On Startup' area.
- Select 'Open a specific page or set of pages'.
- Click on More Actions and select Edit.
- Enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing UpgradeCommand. Click Save.
- To set default search engine, go to Search Engine area.
- Click on 'Manage search engines...' button.
- Go to questionable Search Engine. Click on More Actions and Click 'Remove from list'.
- Go back to Search Engine area and choose valid entry from Search engine used in the address bar.

Mozilla Firefox

- Run Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type the following on the address bar and hit Enter on keyboard : about:preferences
- On Startup area, select 'Show your home page' under 'When Firefox starts' field.
- Under Home Page field, type the desired URL to replace UpgradeCommand settings.
- To configure default search engine, select Search on left sidebar to display settings.
- Under Default Search Engine list, please select one.
- On the same page, you have an option to Remove unwanted search engine.

Optional : If unable to change browser settings, execute these steps:

Some user complains that there is no way to change browser settings because it is grayed out by UpgradeCommand. In such situation, it is important to check if there is unwanted profile. Please do the following:

1. Quit any running applications and launch System Preferences from your Dock.

2. Under System Preferences, click Profiles.

3. Select UpgradeCommand or any relevant profile from the left pane. See image below.

Remove Profile

4. At the bottom of this window, click minus [-] button to delete the account. Please refer to image above.

5. Close the Profiles window and open the affected browser to change all settings associated with UpgradeCommand.

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